Actor Onoe Kikugorô V as Oniazami Seikichi, No. 6 from the series Flowers of Tokyo: Kunichika's Caricatures (Azuma no hana Kunichika manga)

「東京(あづまの)花 国周漫画 尾上菊五郎 鬼薊清吉 六」

Japanese
Meiji era
1872 (Meiji 5), 9th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Yorozuya Magobei (Japanese), Blockcutter Ôta Hidekatsu (Horikô Hidekatsu) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks, Japanese Woodblock Prints (2010), p. 313; Newland, Time Present and Time Past (1999), #72

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 23.5 cm (14 x 9 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.34915

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Toyohara Kunichika hitsu
豊原国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Water Monkey (Jinshin, mizunoe saru) 9
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Hidekatsu
Artist's seal: toshidama
改印:壬申九
彫師:彫工秀勝

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 15, 2000)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection